Our Board Members

Our board team remains true to our vision and values, and its membership offers a diverse and synergistic range of experience, nationalities and cultures. These are our key people and they are all at your disposal, individually and collectively.

Rev.Fr. Emmanuel
Rev.Fr. Emmanuel
Board Member and Financial Advisor

Rev.Fr. Emmanuel is a Catholic priest who came from a humble background in a poor family.  He received sponsorship from a generous lady in the US who sponsored his education till he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, and Theology in affiliation with the Pontifical Urbaniana University-Italy. He also earned an MA in Religious and Theological Studies from Makerere University Uganda. He is currently a teacher and formator at Kisubi Minor Seminary in Entebbe.

He grew up seeing many children on the village where he grew up and on streets in Uganda spending a day without a meal, education and other necessities of life just waiting for help from any generous person.  This situation together with his humble background and experience of being sponsored created that love of reaching out to the suffering especially through pastoral work.

He met Morgan who had similar objectives and happily joined him to give hope to children and other underprivileged people. This has made his life more meaningful.

Nana Kagga
Nana Kagga
Board Member

“Chemical Engineer/ Media Content Creator / Script Writer/ Director/Producer / Entrepreneur”
“Savannah Moon Productions; 40-Plus Productions; Chloe’s Closet”

Nana Kagga was born into a family of predominantly engineers in Nairobi, Kenya on the 6th of April 1977. She attended the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering before working for 3 years as a process engineer on US military contracts in Laguna, New Mexico (USA). Nana then decided to take some time off from Engineering and immerse herself in the acting world in Hollywood, California.

Over the years, Nana has appeared in a number of Hollywood films, TV, commercials, music videos under the
stage name Nana Hill. Her Hollywood film credits include: “He is not that into you” with Universal pictures, “Star Trek” with Paramount pictures (http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Nana_Hill) and “A Good Day to be Black and Sexy” with Magnolia Pictures as well as the independent films “Cowboys and Indians”, “Hitch-hike” and “Collision”.

“On US Television, Nana appeared on “CSI New York” on CBS, “LIFE” on NBC, “Runaway Stars” a web-series, Black Entertainment TV, BET and Uganda’s WBS’s Jam Agenda.”
“She has done US TV Commercials for Pepsi, DSW, Budweiser, Coors Light, KFC, Microsoft, Apple, Tylenol and Dove.”

Whilst working for Tullow Oil as a Petroleum Subsurface Engineer, Nana created, scripted, cast and produced the hugely successful is the wholly Ugandan Television series “Beneath The Lies” which aired on Urban Television and included a stellar cast of Ugandan media personalities. “Beneath The Lies” went on to be nominated as one the best television series to be produced on the African continent in 2016 at the AMVCAs.

Under her production company, Savannah MOON, Nana creates, scripts, casts and produces several productions including “Reflections”- a Television Series, “Mela”- a web-series, “He Said She Said”- a talk show and “The Woman’s Journal”- a daily segment aimed at inspiring women and girls.

Nana is a motivational speaker and aims to inspire youths to live a life less ordinary and strive to reach for things they have been conditioned to believe are beyond their capabilities. Under her platform “Limitless” Nana provides free seminars and workshops.”

She was a judge on the recently concluded 2018/19 Miss Uganda pageant aimed at finding a Ugandan queen to compete in the upcoming Miss World pageant.

Nana is a mother to 3 amazing children, a sister, a daughter, a friend and above all a Feminist
and Pan-Africanist.

Franki Rezek
Franki Rezek
Board Member

Franki received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University School of Social Work. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has learned firsthand how education empowers those who struggle with poverty and adversity.

Franki is the Founder and CEO of Frazier Recovery Homes which offers housing and supportive services to those struggling with long term homelessness, mental health issues, substance use disorders, and criminal justice involvement.

Franki offers a person-centered approach to those she serves and believes that “each and every one of us wakes up each day recovering from something—offering hope is the greatest gift of all.”

Stephanie Demouveaux
Stephanie Demouveaux
Board Member

Stepahanie was born on 6/04/1978, She is married and have a wonderful little girl Angela who is 10 years old.
She has a master’s degree in law obtained at the University of Nice, and works at the Grasse employment center as a professional integration consultant.

She likes traveling and animals.

Stephanie was very touched by Ugandans that she found wonderful and obviously Dennis Dease Foundation is part of it.

In her own words “I am delighted to be able to help the Dennis Dease Foundation, whose missions are fantastic.”

Celina Sheppeck
Celina Sheppeck
Board Member

Celina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the University of St. Thomas. She is currently completing the Evening MBA program at the University of St. Thomas and will graduate this Spring 2018.

Celina is passionate about her family, the community, service, and helping others. She is the Community Outreach Coordinator at Inspiration Performing Arts Center, Wedding Coordinator at St. Jude of the Lake Catholic Church, provides marketing and outreach consulting to new and developing businesses, and volunteers in her children’s youth programs, school, and sports.

Growing up in a big family and in a small rural MN town, she learned about the importance of family, faith, and community. Her parents instilled in her a strong work ethic and a servant heart to help others.

She is honored to be a part of this organization to provide support and increase awareness of the disadvantaged in Uganda!

Katie Owings Lossi
Katie Owings Lossi
Board Member

Katie is a woman who leads with her heart, and soul. From living in Costa Rica to traveling to Haiti and Uganda, her faith continues to carry her into uncharted territories. As a previous business owner for over 11 years, and founder of a non-profit, she has decided to merge with the Dennis Dease Foundation to share her experience, gifts and talents with those living near and on the margins.

As the recent graduate of the Executive Leadership for Social Entrepreneurs winter program at Stanford University, she makes learning a top priority and continues to study at The University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul. She’s been featured on TV interviews, in printed press, and as a TEDx Talk speaker. Her favorite parts of the day are the sweet moments — making memories with her husband, and running by the river with their sweet pup. She is humbled by the opportunities God has given her — the people she’s met around the globe, and the moments of stillness and peace in between.

Marcus LaBadie
Marcus LaBadie
Board Chair

Marcus earned his Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Arts degree in change leadership and public administration from St. Scholastica University.

Currently works as a Project/Product Manager for Katun Corporation, an imaging supply company, in the Twin Cities area.  In his role he is responsible for low-cost product sourcing projects and product cost reductions projects, supplier relationship management, and product management.

He grew up in Wisconsin loving sports such as baseball, basketball, and football.  His passion eventually led him to Minnesota where he was a student athlete and a member of the Winona State University football team.  To this day he still supports his Wisconsin sports teams, especially the Green Bay Packers. Go Pack Go!

Today he is an avid solo traveler who enjoys exploring new places around the world, meeting new people, and relishes in the day-to-day spontaneity and challenges that arise during his travels.  One of his favorite travel experiences was exploring East Africa with the 1000 Shades of Green Safari company.  There his experiences included hiking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to search out the mountain gorillas, a 6 day climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, and lastly relaxation on the beaches of Zanzibar.

Marcus is excited for the opportunity to work with a great organization such as the Dennis Dease Foundation and support their mission in providing the social, economic, and spiritual support by providing underprivileged and orphaned children access to a high-quality education.

Daphne Ho
Daphne Ho
Board Member

Daphne has a BA in Secondary Education in Foreign Languages with a specialty in French, and a minor in American Cultural Studies.

After having worked in an internet-based company in Minneapolis, MN, as customer services representative, she went to China to teach English, and is now currently working for the British Council in Beijing.

Plagued by restlessness and curiosity, she is always exploring and travelling, and incessantly asking questions; furthermore, she likes to stay active, her ultimate love being soccer, followed by rock climbing and canoeing.

After spending a couple months in Uganda, she fell in love with the weather, the people, the music and all the secrets and potential that the Pearl of Africa has to offer. Ideally, she hopes to find a way to use funding from socially responsible businesses in the corporate world to not only foster cultural diversity and cross cultural awareness through tourism and volunteering, but further to educate the underprivileged, to empower the vulnerable, and to cultivate self sustainability in all aspects.

Sarah Felhofer
Sarah Felhofer
Board Member
Sarah Felhofer – Is a recent graduate from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Neuroscience and is an aspiring Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
In January of 2019 she visited Uganda and spent time with the See Them Grow Foundation in Luuka. After witnessing the conditions in Luuka, she was heartbroken for the many vulnerable children and women lacking adequate and sustainable resources.
But, she was extremely grateful for the time spent with the children and having had the chance to empower some of them, especially the young girls. She was inspired by the founder, Morgan’s, hard work and dedication to this community and wanted to continue to be a part of the global community that the See Them Grow Foundation is establishing.

Carol Tyroler
Carol Tyroler
Board Member

Carol Tyroler has 25-years of experience working in the field of women’s economic empowerment, livelihoods and cross-cutting areas such as microfinance, land tenure, the environment, and gender equity.

She has conducted women’s livelihood assessments and evaluations, strategies and project designs, as well as implemented programs in over 39 countries in Southeast and Central Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the Pacific Islands.  She holds 2 MA from Duke University in International Economic Development Policy and Business and the Environment.

Carol has owned her own consulting business (Tyroler and Associates) for the past 15 years and in that capacity has worked for a variety of entities including the UNDP, UN Women, USAID, World Bank, DC-based consulting firms, various government ministries, INGOs, and local NGOs – all of which have focused on livelihoods and women’s economic empowerment.

Last summer while doing a Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy for CARE Rwanda, she had the pleasure of traveling to Uganda to see the Mountain Gorillas. It was during this time that she visited Batwa Orphanage located near where the Mountain Gorillas live and felt a strong desire to do something positive for the many orphanages in Uganda. Carol lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her 11 year old daughter Ella.

Henry Kisitu
Henry Kisitu
Board Member

Henry Kisitu – Assistant Executive Director was born and raised in Uganda. He received a scholarship to attend the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and a Master of Arts in Human Resource and Change Leadership.

He has used his education to start a tile company in Uganda called UgaTile Investments. Currently, he is furthering his experience and knowledge of tile and construction in Hawaii, USA.

He is currently a journeyman, and he will soon be in the process of manufacturing tile and stone to help the country of Uganda develop and have quality construction materials.

He is also actively involved in the Ugandan community, has volunteered at the Ruth Gaylord Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.

In his free time, he paints, sculpts, and draws. He loves Uganda and looks forward to progressing the people and the development of his country.

He is honored to be on the board of Dennis Dease Foundation! Lastly, he is a die-hard Manchester United soccer fan and plays football (soccer) any chance he can get!

Alexandra Kisitu
Alexandra Kisitu
Board Member

Alexandra Kisitu  is a proud board member of See Them Grow Foundation. Her professional experience is in corporate and foundation fundraising for higher education, and she holds a B.A. in Justice and Peace Studies and Communications Studies as well as an M.A. in International Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.

Her first experience leaving the country was visiting Uganda. From there, the door to international travel, volunteerism and service work/learning opened.

She has since volunteered and collected donations for the Hope Medical Clinics in Uganda, has conducted research and service-learning with the Niihau population in Hawaii, and has co-chaired the Women’s Interfaith Dialogue at the University of St Thomas. She is currently working on her PhD at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and will be doing her field work in Uganda and with the STGF.

She is excited for the opportunities STGF will provide in Uganda and is honored to witness the cross-cultural learning, traveling, and support of disadvantaged communitues that is happening through this amazing nonprofit!

Currently she is doing her fieldwork on women who choose out of hospital birth in Hawaii.